Topics: The course has been divided in two parts. The first part includes basic scientific information and clinical skills needed for genetic healthcare practice, including prenatal, cancer genetics, ethics and laboratory testing. The second part will focus on the counselling and communication skills required by those working with patients and their families. All students will be encouraged to practice their counselling skills in a supportive environment and to give and receive feedback. The course will include some exercises and discussion sessions aimed at facilitating professional and personal self-awareness of students, in order to enhance their genetic counselling practice.  The course will include sessions on supporting patients through decision-making, prenatal and presymptomatic testing.

Target: Clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors, genetic nurses and trainees in those professions.  Students who are new to genetic healthcare should not attempt Part 2 without first completing part 1.
Very experienced genetics practitioners may wish to do Part 2 only.

Venue: The University Residential Center of Bertinoro

Fees: The Registration fee for the entire course (€ 830,00) includes tuition, course material, all meals, coffee breaks, social dinner and transportation from Bologna airport/city Centre to the course venue and back. Shuttle buses will be scheduled on November 11 at 2.00/2.30 pm and 5.00/5.30 pm approx. On November 16th the shuttle bus will leave from Bertinoro to Bologna airport/city centre at the end of the course at approx. 2.00 pm (estimated arrival time to Bologna 3.30pm 4.00pm). If your flight arrives/leaves on November 10/13 we suggest tospend the extra night(s) in Bologna.
The Registration fee for the advanced course (€ 420,00) includes tuition, course material, all meals, coffee breaks, social dinner.

Accommodation: You’ll be lodged at the Course Venue (or hotels nearby the course venue if necessary).
The rate for a single room occupancy in bed and breakfast is €49,00/night.
The rate for a double room occupancy in bed and breakfast is € 39,00/night/person. If you’d like to be lodge in a double room please specify in the field note of the registration form your roommate. Otherwise, the organization will take care of the combination.  If your roommate does not attend the course, the payment for her/his staying will be done on site by cash or credit card. Please indicate if you travel with an accompanying person.
In order to arrange your accommodation please take note that the course starts on November 12 at 9.00 am and ends on November 16 at lunch time.

A limited number of fellowships covering both registration and accommodation (in double room to be shared with another participant) fees will be sponsored by ESHG. Following the guidelines established by ESHG, students from economically less favoured countries are strongly encouraged to apply for ESHG fellowship: see list here
However, fellowships are not limited to these countries.

Applicants for fellowship should submit their request together with CV, motivation letter and a reference letter to Closing date for fellowship applications: September 4th, 2023. A communication of acceptance (or non-acceptance) will be sent by mail within September 18h. Applicants who will not receive the fellowship can enroll in the course after September 18.

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